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Small Wars Journal 12/13/2019 05:20
Saudi Military Cooperating with Pensacola Mass Shooting Investigation; Flight Students Grounded, Some Remain Restricted to Base. by Ben Werner – USNI News. A dozen members of Saudi Arabia’s military remain restricted to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., as federal investigators continue gathering information about last week’s mass shooting on base, Pentagon officials said on Thursday. The gunman, Royal Saudi Air Force 2nd Lt. Ahmed Mohammed Alshamrani, was attending flight school at NAS Pensacola when he killed three U.S. sailors on Friday and injured several others.
Small Wars Journal 12/12/2019 20:12
Are Afghan Forces Beating the Taliban in 2019? The Pentagon Won’t Say. By Shawn Snow – Military Times. Another bloody year of fighting in is almost in the books as peace negotiations between the U.S. and Taliban seek an end to America’s longest war. But Pentagon officials won’t provide any metrics to highlight whether Afghan forces made any battlefield progress in their fight against the Taliban and other militants across the country in 2019. “I’m not going to get into specifics with respect to metrics," Rear Adm. William D. Byrne Jr., vice director of Joint Staff, told reporters during a Pentagon press briefing Thursday. Byrne told reporters that Army Gen. Austin Miller, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was “satisfied” with the
Small Wars Journal 12/12/2019 19:26
Congress May Have Given the Air Force an Exit Door for the Light Attack Aircraft Program. by Valerie Insinna – Defense News. Congress wants the Air Force to consider transferring some funding allocated for light attack planes — a provision that could allow the service to and allow SOCOM to step in to run a program of record. In the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act conference report, , defense authorizers told the Air Force to enhance coordination with SOCOM as it continues light attack aircraft experiments... .
Small Wars Journal 12/12/2019 03:49
Embrace the App Store: Leveraging Smartphones for Army Maintenance. SWJED. Thu, 12/12/2019 - 3:49am. Against the backdrop of a generation of Soldiers who grew up tethered to smartphones, the Army remains rigidly analog in many of its systems. While there are numerous potential examples of how smartphone applications could make Army systems more accessible, few seem as immediately viable for disruption as unit maintenance. or to post comments.
Small Wars Journal 12/11/2019 21:32
Top Pentagon Leaders Consider Leaving Smaller Number of Troops in Afghanistan. by Lolita Baldor and Robert Burns – Associated Press. The Pentagon is considering several options to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan, including one that would shift to a narrower counterterrorism mission, the top U.S. military officer told Congress on Wednesday. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did not disclose any potential troop totals, but he agreed that leaving to battle terrorists is a potential move. "We have multiple options, that’s one of them," he said.
Small Wars Journal 12/11/2019 19:37
Airstrikes Called in as Taliban Attempt to Breach Bagram Air Base. by Shawn Snow – Military Times. A series of airstrikes were called in following a failed attempt by the Taliban to breach Air Base, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, according to a Resolute Support spokesman. U.S. and forces were pulled into a nine-to 10-hour firefight after a suicide bombing targeted a medical facility that was under construction near the base, a source on the ground told Military Times . Taliban fighters then barricaded themselves inside the medical facility they attacked and were hit with a series of airstrikes Wednesday evening, according to a Resolute Support spokesman. The medical facility was located outside Bagram and was under renovation at the time to provi.
Small Wars Journal 12/11/2019 06:51
Afghanistan’s Karzai Says American Cash Fed Corruption. by Kathy Gannon – Associated Press. Afghanistan’s former president argued Tuesday that Washington helped fuel corruption in his nation by spending hundreds of millions of dollars over the past two decades without accountability. In an interview with The Associated Press, Hamid Karzai responded to findings from a trove of newly published documents that about the war in Afghanistan. Karzai said the documents, , confirm his long-running complaints about U.S. spending... .
Small Wars Journal 12/11/2019 06:31
Turkey and Russia Judged Bigger Risk Than ISIS for U.S. Troops in Syria. by Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Eric Schmitt – New York Times. The Trump administration’s rapidly shifting strategy in northern Syria has American commanders there scrambling to protect their forces from an expected surge in actions by military units from Turkey, Russia, Iran and the Syrian government, as well as their proxy forces, according to Defense Department officials.
Small Wars Journal 12/11/2019 05:33
The Most Sorrowful Traffic: Defeating the Human Trafficking that Feeds Modern Conflict. SWJED. Wed, 12/11/2019 - 5:33am. That the practice of human trafficking—with its concomitants of forced labor and sexual exploitation—is alive and well in the contemporary world is a shocking fact, one that strikes at the conscience and stretches credulity (can this really still be happening in the twenty-first century?).
Small Wars Journal 12/11/2019 05:10
Time for a Sequel to the Arab Peace Initiative. SWJED. Wed, 12/11/2019 - 5:10am. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has fallen down the list of political priorities in recent years as regional and global powers have been preoccupied with more pressing issues—including tensions with Iran; wars in Syria, Yemen and Libya; unrest in Lebanon, Iraq and Algeria; the rise of intestate competition, including with Russia and China, in the region; and a host of internal issues affecting the countries of the region.
Small Wars Journal 12/10/2019 09:45
Douglas Lute, Former Afghan War Czar, On Report About What Americans Knew About War. by – National Public Radio. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Douglas Lute, former Afghan War czar for the Bush and Obama administrations, about a Washington Post report, which claims the public wasn't told the truth about the war effort. . SWJED. Tue, 12/10/2019 - 9:45am. or to post comments.
Small Wars Journal 12/10/2019 08:38
Senior Enlisted Leaders React to Afghanistan Papers: ‘I’ve Never Been Lied To’. by Meghann Meyers – Military Times. The outgoing Pentagon senior enlisted adviser and his incoming replacement weighed in on about the direction and success of the since within months of U.S. troops hitting the ground in , roundly denying that they ever felt lied to about the mission and touting the progress the country has made in the intervening years. Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell, the senior enlisted adviser to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley, told reporters that while he had not fully read the Washington Posts’s story, he disagreed with assertions that either the troops or public had been manipulated into believing a certain
Small Wars Journal 12/10/2019 07:52
Russia, Ukraine Leaders Agree on Ceasefire Following Four-Way Talks in Paris. Lisa Bryant – Voice of America. PARIS - Russian and Ukrainian leaders agreed to implement a ceasefire and a prisoners' swap by years end, following four-way talks in Paris on Monday that also included France and Germany. The four heads of state said they had made progress and that just talking was a key step forward.
Small Wars Journal 12/09/2019 23:01
Parts In A Life. Parts In A Life. Keith Nightingale. I found this foto today and it brought back a lot of memories as well as a reflection on life in general and how much life is just an agglomeration of luck and timing. Fortunate and unfortunate are mere millimeters of time and whimsical at best. This was taken on 26 June 1967 in the aftermath of a battle at Suoi Long-described in my book- Living & Breathing. We are in the now exposed primary battle area-less than 100 meters wide and 200 meters deep. Once densely shrouded and internally visible for less than 20 meters in any direction, it is now grossly open and uprooted-the results of an hour of intense air strikes. What is not apparent is the overwhelming cloud of aroma-the sharp smells of
Small Wars Journal 12/09/2019 22:01
What Did the U.S. Get for $2 Trillion in Afghanistan? By Sarah Almukhtar and Rod Nordland – New York Times. All told, the cost of nearly 18 years of war in Afghanistan will amount to more than $2 trillion. Was the money well spent? There is little to show for it. The Taliban control much of the country. Afghanistan remains one of the world’s largest sources of refugees and migrants. More than have died. Still, life has improved, particularly in the country’s cities, where opportunities for education have grown. Many more girls are now in school. And democratic institutions have been built — although they are shaky at best. Drawing on estimates from Brown University’s Costs of War Project, we assessed how much the United States spent on diffe.
Small Wars Journal 12/09/2019 11:49
U.S. Peace Envoy to Afghanistan Opens First Round of Resurrected Talks with Taliban. by Kathy Gannon – Associated Press. U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad on Saturday held the first official talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban since President Donald Trump declared a near-certain peace deal with the insurgents dead in September. The talks will initially focus on getting a Taliban promise to reduce violence, with a permanent cease-fire being the eventual goal, said a U.S. statement.

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